Anau has been declared the "Cultural Capital of the Turkic World" in 2024, Atavatan-Turkmenistan reports. The decision was made at the 39th meeting of the Permanent Council of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) in the city of Bursa (Turkey).
Atageldy Shamyradov, Minister of Culture of Turkmenistan, took part in the program.
The tradition of TURKSOY to declare cities the cultural capitals of the Turkic world began in 2012. The first city to receive this status was Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. In 2013, the baton was passed on to the Turkish city of Eskisehir. Kazan (Russia) was chosen as the Capital of Culture in 2014. Its successor in 2015 was the Turkmen city of Mary, in 2016 Sheki (Azerbaijan). In 2017 the title was awarded to Turkestan in Kazakhstan, in 2018 - to Kastamonu in Turkey. In 2019 the "Cultural capital of the Turkic world" was Osh, in 2020 the city of Khiva, in the outgoing 2022 the "Cultural capital of the Turkic world" is the Turkish city of Bursa, and in 2023 the baton will be taken by the Azerbaijani city of Shusha.
Anau is the administrative center of the Akhal velayat of Turkmenistan. The city is located 8 km east of Ashgabat.
The history of the city goes back more than 7 thousand years. Not far from the modern city there are the ruins of ancient settlements belonging to the culture of Anau. Approximately this civilization existed in the 5th-1st millennium BC and was a contemporary of the Sumerian civilization. The Anau culture was first discussed in 1904, when American archaeologist Rafael Pampelli stumbled upon the remains of ancient settlements in the desert in the south of Turkmenistan.